Listen to the Experts

Posted By Elgin Hushbeck

The constant message these days in the media is to listen to the experts. But the problem quickly becomes which experts.  They do not all agree.  This is even more clear with the recent publication of the Great Barrington Declaration, which, at the time of this writing, was already signed by 5,872 Medical & Public Health Scientists and 11,893 Medical Practitioners.

These health professionals look at both the dangers posed by COVID-19 but also consider the impact of government policies.  These policies are not free of impact; nothing of any significance ever is.  They have “have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies.” The dangers of COVID-19 needs to be balanced with effects of the shutdown. They write,

(to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

As our knowledge of this virus has grown, and treatment methods improved,

we know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

It is just a fact that COVID-19 will continue to spread until the population reached herd immunity. The only thing shutdowns can do is drag out this process.  A vaccine can help, but a vaccine is not required. In the end, we will need to reach herd immunity.  As such, these experts recommend,

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.”

In short, theses experts argue that our response should be driven by looking at both side and seeking what will result in the least harm, and not just what minimize the virus. 

To see the declaration go to

Oct 9th, 2020

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